Dog Health Issues – Match the Dog’s and Owner’s Personality

Dog Health Issues – You know by now that I love dogs.  But before buying or adopting a dog, it is so important for a person to match his personality and lifestyle to that of the dog. 

How active is your lifestyle?  Do you like to walk or jog for exercise?  If you don’t, then do not consider a dog that requires a lot of exercise.  On the other hand, all dogs need some exercise.  If you are not willing to give your dog at least some exercise every day, then don’t buy a dog.

If your dog needs a lot of exercise and you don’t give it, you will create some dog health issues.  The dog could become a nuisance if left indoors most of the day.  It could damage furniture or cause problems for children or the owner.

You must be very careful in choosing a dog if you have children.  Some dogs get along great with children.  Others do not.  You should never leave a dog and a small child in a room alone.  But you can feel more comfortable with some dog breeds than others.

Consider how a certain dog breed interacts with other dogs.  Some breeds don’t do well with other dogs.  You may dream of taking your dog to a dog park every Saturday morning, let your dog off the leash, and let it romp and play with other dogs.  But if your dog doesn’t act well with other dogs, this trip could be a nightmare for you and the other dog owners.

I read a recent article that discusses more on this topic.  It’s entitled, “Making a dog’s life a dog’s life” by Lauryn Hayden.  Here is a quote from the article:

Your lifestyle should be the main consideration when choosing a dog, says Vancouver BC SPCA shelter manager, Jane Talbot. “How physically active are you? All dogs need exercise, but some need a lot and can become problem dogs if they don’t get the amount and type of exercise they need. The dog’s age is important. Puppies are cute – do you know what one requires? Do you have or plan to have children? How committed are you to spending time with your dog? What is your temperament like – are you calm, or anxious? Are you familiar with all the critical aspects of dog guardianship, including medical care?” Finally, Talbot says, all dog guardians should sign themselves and their pooch up for positive- oriented dog training.

Once you know what bringing a dog into your life will involve, find out what breed will be the best match. Smaller dog breeds are very popular because of their size, and many condo strata even limit ownership to people whose dogs are a certain weight. But smaller shouldn’t automatically equate with most of the desirable things people expect from their dogs, such as calm behaviour, or getting along well with people and other dogs. Senior dogs are generally calmer than juveniles, and some larger breeds, such as mastiffs, are more easygoing than Yorkies, for example.

The entire article can be read here

Don’t take this subject lightly.  You may fall in love with the appearance of a dog.  But if your personality and lifestyle do not match that of a dog breed, you may have some serious health issues.  On the other hand, you and your dog will have a relationship that you will always cherish.

I welcome your comments.

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